Counseling (Master of Science)
The Counseling program provides professional preparation for individuals who wish to work as counselors in schools, colleges, community mental health, social service agencies or private practice. There are two tracks of study in the Counseling program: the school counseling track (48 credits) and the mental health track (60 credits). Students may elect to enroll in both programs of study - the Dual option, which is 67 credits. The Counseling program (both tracks) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The school counseling track meets the requirements set by the State of Vermont Department of Education for preparing school counselors (K-12) for licensure in Vermont, and the mental health counseling track meets the academic requirements set by the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners for preparing clinical mental health counselors for licensure in Vermont.
To achieve professional competence, students are expected to become knowledgeable and skilled in the following areas: professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, research and program evaluation and in additional areas in their specialized track of study. A supervised internship in an appropriate field setting is a requirement in the program for each track of study.
The specific composition of a student's program, designed with the assistance of a faculty advisor, is based on university, college, and program requirements in accordance with licensure and accreditation standards. Learning experiences consist of a balance between theory and supervised practice.
In addition to the general application procedures, a resume and a group interview are required of each qualified applicant. For a more detailed description of the program visit our Graduate Counseling website or contact the University of Vermont, Counseling Program, Mann Hall, 208 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405-1757 (802-656-3888 or email: Counseling.Program@uvm.edu )
The Counseling Program offers two specialty tracks: school counseling and mental health counseling. Students may also select the dual option which includes preparation in both specialty tracks. Forty-eight credits are required for completion of the school counseling track, sixty credits are required for the mental health counseling track and sixty-seven credits are required for the dual option. (Note: school counselor licensure in Vermont requires that the individual have at least a thirty-credit-hour liberal arts concentration at the undergraduate level.) Successful completion of the program is based on the demonstration of appropriate knowledge, relevant skills, and personal characteristics, as well as the accumulation of credits.